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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by pschuyler, Jan 9, 2013.
Ok, I'm guilty, give me a link to something I'd love to wear instead! Don't like shopping!
Until I could afford proper riding pants, I did jeans and riding jacket. Figured thats where all the vital organs are, road rash hurts but Id have a better chance of not damaging something vital. Soon as i could afford riding pants though, I dont ride without them.
It's all about knowing the risks involved and how much you're willing to risk when an accident happens. Here's an article that you should check out, unless you've already read it 205 times. Minor warning....couple of graphic pics but nothing too bad but it's gets the point of what happened to one particular person.
That sums it up quite well. I may laugh at all the (IMO) idiots tear assing around in t-shirt, shorts, helmet, and tennis shoes but its their life to live. Not everyone can afford all the gear, so as long as you realistically assess the hazards, ride wearing whatever you want.
When I started riding I read the Hurt study based on 1000 crashes in so cal.
IIRC the part of the body that had the highest representation of injury after head and hands was hips and upper legs.
I wear over pants or some other kind of gear. Saved my life gear has.
I read that in Yoda's voice.
I love riding in 501's BUT I also wear knee/shin armor along with hip armor under them.....sometimes I'll wear the knee armor over the jeans if I'm lazy, plus it's a little more comfortable that way.
Jeans don't cut it.
The only thing denim in jeans does is keep road debris from stinging your shins as you ride. They're not going to anything for you in an accident. Regardless, I just like the convenience and looks of jeans while I ride. Kevlar lined jeans seem like a decent compromise and with the selection available now, there's not much excuse for not at least trying a pair. Throw in some knee armor worn on the body and you're doing pretty good. Now, I just need to find some decent hip armor. Are the bohn armored shorts comfortable? How are they in hot and muggy conditions?
It is hard to get over, but you will always run into people that assess risk differently than you do.
You could try to point out the safety of armored pants, but unless you want to be a dick just for the sake of being a dick (and, really, you'd be more of a nag) I'd let it go after the one mention. They're your friends, right?
Before you respond "Yeah, and I don't want them hurt", I'm sure there are other people you know that feel that way about you on a motorbike. That's just how it is.
Me? I ride in jeans in the hotter months when it is just my 4 mile commute, but I'll always wear armored pants for a longer trip. Convenience (and a dry ass) win out in those cases. I'd never do it for a pleasure ride, but who the fuck am I to tell someone they're doing it wrong?
Now, after they fall, you get to mention it a second time...
I do the opposite- I wear $700 riding pants and a jean jacket!
But seriously folks, I did the 501 thing for years and had a couple of spills without serious injury, but last year I started a collection of kevlar-reinforced jeans. Not as good as fully-armored riding pants, but a step in the right direction.
I do my own thing, but prefer to ride with those that ride safely, and wear safe gear. Been on the side of the road more than a few times, helping a buddy. All I can do is worry about myself.
I do really like my Shift Torque jeans though. They are no longer made, so if you can grab a pair, go for it.
I had a slow speed get off once in 501s and they did protect me but, no, I don't believe they'd hold up very well in a "real" getoff.
I bought one of these on closeout at NewEnough. Denim with CE shoulders and elbows (and a cheesy spine pad) for summer riding. At least it provides some impact protection.
Yes. Held Air n Dry. I'm sure lots of other high quality gloves have padding in the lower palm.
Sure do and I only wear gauntlet length gloves to hopefully cover the area between the sleeve and the glove.
Usually when someone in the basic rider class is talking about how stupid it is to wear all this stuff- I let them read Britany's story. I have never had this serious of an injury- but after reading I ride with all the gear. After the part about skin grafts and anti-biotics and loosing body parts. Changed my philosophy-
For the most part - we still live in a free country- ride with what you want!
i had never seen that article. dang! i usualy wear my "stitch" when i ride but not always. its time for some kevlar jeans. thanks.
++++++1, similar experience.
Makes no sense to me either. Btw, your legs are most likely to be injured in an accident.